Louisiana just passed through their Senate committee, HR 370, which if passed, would ban the use of public funds for human cloning research. Hooray! Great model legislation moves forward without opposition and is headed to the Senate floor for a vote. Since its not being resisted, I hope that it passes. It has been unfortunate that human cloning has not been banned at the federal level making the statewide battles fierce and contentious. And what’s beautiful about the cooperative efforts in the Louisiana Legislature is their ability to get past the smoke and hype and see that cloning researchers are jumping off the band wagon, therapies are coming to patients through adult, umbilical cord blood and iPS cells which can get around the ethical issues requiring us to create nascent human life just so we can destroy it.
One has to look no further than the Golden State of California. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) is already doling out big bucks of tax payer dollars for cloning researchers to conduct research that has yet to produce one therapy for any diseased patient.
In the spirit of Wesley J. Smith, can we all say PORK!
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.